The Salpointe Catholic girls tennis team won for the 11th time in 12 matches Wednesday and earned another chance to take down undefeated Scottsdale Notre Dame, this time with a trip to the state semifinals on the line.
The No. 8 Lancers quickly topped ninth-seeded Scottsdale Saguaro 5-0 in the first round of the Division II state tournament to set up a rematch with the top-seeded Saints, who beat Salpointe 6-3 on April 16.
Junior No. 6 player Marcela Rebeil swept Jordan Voth 6-0, 6-0 to put Salpointe up, and roughly 30 minutes later sophomore Hailey Swanson beat junior Kalli Hopkins 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot to seal the win.
“The team came ready to play. Winning in singles is so much easier than going to doubles,” Salpointe coach Theresa Gibson said. “The fact they won in straight sets gives them the confidence to win right away against Notre Dame next week.”
Salpointe (12-5) will travel to Notre Dame on Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a chance to reach the semifinals for the ninth straight season.
The Lancers will also have Gabriella Ramirez and Isabella Anaya playing in the doubles tournament at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, which resumes Friday. They will face No. 6 Maya Glicksman and Gracy Slaughter of Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.
No. 2 Catalina Foothills 5, No. 15 Flagstaff 0: At Foothills, the defending state champion Falcons cruised to their 19th straight victory with another dominant performance. Senior Angelica Anderson got the rout started with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Senior Noelle Karp followed with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Sophomore Katie Watson secured the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot. Foothills (15-0) will host No. 7 Prescott in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Falcons will also have several players trying to win singles and doubles championships this weekend, including Anderson, Karp, Watson and junior Kirtana Bhat, the No. 1 seed in the singles tournament.
No. 6 Ironwood Ridge 5, No. 11 Yuma Cibola 0: At I-Ridge, the Nighthawks locked up another trip to the state quarterfinals with their second straight win. Freshman Kailyn Teel won 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 4 spot to get the match started. Senior Erica Harris won by the same score in the No. 5 spot to clinch the win. I-Ridge, which reached the championship match last spring, will travel to No. 3 Lake Havasu on Thursday with a chance to advance to the semifinals for the seventh straight season.
No. 7 Prescott 5, No. 10 Rincon/University 1: At Prescott, senior Catherine Waters got the lone win for the visiting Rangers and will try to advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles state tournament today alongside junior Carrie Bell Kent. They are the No. 4 duo and will play Melissa Mahon and Maggie Lembke of Flagstaff at 3:30 this afternoon at Rincon.
No. 3 Lake Havasu 5, No. 14 Douglas 1: At Lake Havasu, junior Sienna Martinez got the only win for the Bulldogs, who snapped a four-match winning streak to end the season 12-3. Douglas freshman Kaycie Cormier will be playing in the third round of the singles tournament Friday.
No. 7 Desert Christian 5, No. 10 Fountain Hills 0: At La Mariposa, senior Jenna Cray cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win and sophomore Allison McNally finished the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph to prevent the match from going into doubles play. The Eagles (12-2) will go for their eighth straight victory Wednesday when they travel to No. 2 Safford with a trip to the state semifinals at stake. Cray and Harika Echuri will also be in the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament Friday, and Courtenay Gleason will be in the singles tournament.
No. 5 Benson 1, No. 12 Pima 0: At Benson, the Bobcats advanced to the second round with a forfeit and will travel to No. 4 Page on Wednesday for their next match.
No. 6 Goodyear Estrella Foothills 5, No. 11 St. Gregory 3: At Estrella Foothills, the Hawks lost their second straight match to end the season 10-4, but will still have Alyssa Metcalf and Hanna Sawyer as the No. 7 seed in the doubles tournament Friday.
No. 3 Buckeye 5, No. 14 Pusch Ridge Christian 0: At Buckeye, the visiting Eagles snapped a five-match winning streak and ended their season at 9-5.